The Northern Belle
Mansion Street, Margate, Kent
This traditional old pub people called after an American transatlantic ship, the Northern Belle that ran aground in 1857, with foundered near Thanet. No lives were lost, thanks to heroic rescue efforts in blizzard conditions. However, another boat sank en route to the scene of the disaster. The Margate lugger, Victory, was lost with a crew of nine. The Victory had set sail to help the stricken ship. However, was struck by a tremendous sea and capsized. All the crew perished within sight of hundreds of the town’s people, watching from the shore and cliff top. Inside the Northern Belle are a series of small rooms with a narrow bar, low beams hung with small pewter pots and a wooden floor. It exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include a woman with a very pale face wearing a white shroud. witnesses see her, in the bar and cellars (once used by smugglers). The proprietor, Robert Edward Brockman, first recorded this ghost in 1869. Many have observed it since; several of the men, who drowned in the rescue attempt in the Victory, had used this pub, with among those that haunt it.